A Letter From Our SGES Academic Director Lorea Weckert

Thank you for your interest in St. Gabriel Episcopal School!

As a constructivist, emergent, and Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool and prekindergarten we serve diverse learners and families in the Bethany area of Portland, Oregon. We welcome learners age 3 to 5 years old with two classrooms rich with materials for exploration and learning and a large outdoor playground with natural materials. Just like our classrooms, our school garden and outdoor play area function as a “third teacher” to allow for continued constructivist learning outside in nature.

We are a child-led school which engages learners in collaboration and co-research to allow for the children’s big questions to emerge. Teachers observe and document the work of the learners and present the traces of their explorations in portfolios to create living archives. We strive to have a multicultural, inclusive, and democratic classroom. We want all learners to have a voice and to use it to make decisions every day within their communities.

Exploring our Community Garden plot with Lorea

School is structured to afford learners possibilities to further their social, emotional, cognitive, artistic, and physical development by providing a strong foundation in literacy, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), music, problem solving, and critical thinking.

Please contact us for a tour as we would love for you to experience the excitement for learning that you will find at SGES!

Contact us by email at preschool@stgabrielschoolpdx.com or call or text us at 503-928-1359.

——Lorea Weckert/Academic Director St. Gabriel Episcopal School